Early Origins of the Durword family
The surname Durword was first found in the Valley of the River Dee, where they held a family seat
in their territories. The Pictish influence on Scottish history diminished after Kenneth Macalpine became King of all Scotland
. But those east coast families still played an important role in government and were more accessible to Government than their western highland counterparts. The family name became associated with the de Lundins. Whether the name was an office to which Alan Durward, son of de Lundin, succeeded in 1204, or whether it was a Norman noble, Reiner Dureward from Norfolk
who moved north at this time conjectural. However, Alan married an natural born daughter of King Alexander of Scotland
and eventually became Regent and justicair of Scotland. He was immortalized by Walter Scott. On his death his lands were divided between three daughters. Later several lines descended in Scotland
but the name continued to flourish to the south in Essex
where Geofry Durward was recorded in the Hundredorum Rolls
Early History of the Durword family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Durword research.Another 187 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1465 and 1745 are included under the topic Early Durword History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Durword Spelling Variations
The translation of Gaelic names in the Middle Ages was not a task undertaken with great care. Records from that era show an enormous number of spelling variations
, even in names referring to the same person. Over the years Durword has appeared as Dorward, Dorward, Durwood, Dorwood, Dyrwood, Dyrward, Dirward and many more.
Early Notables of the Durword family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Durword family to the New World and Oceana
Ancestors of many of the Dalriadan families who crossed the Atlantic still live along the east coast of the United States and Canada. Some Scottish settlers arrived in Canada during the American War of Independence
as United Empire Loyalists, while others stayed south to fight for a new nation. The descendants of Scottish settlers in both countries began to rediscover their heritage in the 19th and 20th centuries through Clan
societies and highland games. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Durword or a variant listed above: Tho Dorwood, who came to Virginia in 1657.